Courses

The 18-credit course work includes the required Introductory Sociology course, along with elective courses that you may choose to match your specific area of interest.

Convenient and Flexible

Each course is taught using a blend of web technology, print, and other media to maximize flexibility while maintaining teacher and student interaction. As a Penn State online student, you have the opportunity to learn when and where it's most convenient for you.

Course List - Undergraduate Minor in Sociology

Core Course (3 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introductory Sociology SOC 001 The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life. 3 credits
Elective Courses (15 credits; at least 6 credits must be at the 400 level)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Criminology SOC (CRIM/CRIMJ) 012 Explanations and measurement of crime; criminal law; characteristics of criminals and victims; violent, property, white-collar, organized, and sexual crimes. 3 credits
Sociology of the Family SOC 030 Family structure and interaction; functions of the family as an institution; cross-cultural comparisons. (Students may take only one course for General Education credit from SOC 030 or HD FS 129.) 3 credits
Sociology of Aging SOC 035 Introduction to the sociological study of aging. 3 credits
Society and Cultures in Modern Israel SOC 060 An introduction to the society and cultures of the State of Israel from 1948 to the present. 3 credits
Race and Ethnic Relations SOC 119 Historical patterns and current status of racial and ethnic groups; inequality, competition, and conflict; social movements; government policy. 4 credits
Social Influence and Small Groups SOC 404 The study of social influence, leadership and status, and social cohesion and commitment processes in small groups. 3 credits
Work and Occupations SOC 455 Work and occupational life in modern society; work in the past, present, and future. 3 credits
Gender, Occupations, and Professions SOC 456 The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses. 3 credits
Law and Society SOC 467 Law and society studies the social origins of law and legal systems; occupational careers, and decision-making of legal officials. 3 credits

 

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